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Financial Support & transport

Helping you get where you want to go 

From FREE transport available to all 16-18 year old students to the opportunity to loan a laptop during your studies, we’re always identifying ways we can support our students so that they can focus on their goals without any additional financial stress. 

Take a look at the types of financial support we can offer at Cheshire College.  

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Where can we take you?

16 - 18 year old students

We’ve outlined some of the different types of financial support available that you may be eligible for as a 16-18 year old student. We have a dedicated team focused on making this process as simple and smooth for you as possible. You can always message the team at bursary@ccsw.ac.uk, and you can take a look at some of the support available below. 

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The 16-19 Bursary Fund 
This fund provides financial support to help 16-18 year old students remain in education.  

Discretionary Bursary 
Students can also apply for a discretionary bursary if they enrolled on a course at the age of 16-18 and are continuing on the same course now that they’re aged 19 or over. Or if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  

There are two types of this kind of bursary: 

  1. An Enhanced Bursary 
    Up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups e.g. aged 16-18 years who are in care, care leavers, on income support or universal credit in their own name or in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments 
  1. Discretionary Bursary Based on Household Income
    Funds awarded to meet the individual needs of students where the household income is £30,000 or less. For example, this bursary would be provided to help with the cost of transport, meals, books, trips and College equipment. 

Download guidance notes 

Further information about this can be found at www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/eligibility.  

Students aged between 16-18 years old may be eligible for a free meal every day that they’re on Campus throughout their studies.  

To learn more about who is eligible for this, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-18-education-free-meals-in-further-education.  

Our students travel to College from Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Merseyside, North Wales and beyond.  

We have an Eco Travel plan which aims to reduce traffic volume, encourage cycling and walking and provide opportunities for access to public and contracted vehicles. As part of this sustainable plan, we offer FREE transport for all full time students aged 16-18 living over one mile from the Campus where their course is delivered. 

There are three different options available depending on your home location: 

  1. College Coach Service (Crewe Campus only) 
  2. Public Transport 
  3. County Council Transport 

For students aged under 19 years old where a College Coach service exists, this is the only service that the College will subsidise. 

Take a look at the bus routes and times.  

To find out if there is a service available to suit you, get in touch with one of our College Transport Offices based at the Campus where you will be studying: 

Crewe Campus: 01270 654654 
Ellesmere Port Campus: 01244 656200 
Chester Campus: 01244 656200 

Cycling to College 
The College encourages staff and students who live within three miles of their Campus to maximise their environmental friendliness by cycling to College. We have plenty of secure cycle storage and cycle racks. There are also changing and drying facilities in the Sports department to enable cyclists to change before going to class. 

If you are a parent under 20 years old, you are eligible for childcare support of up to £160 per child, per week, under the Care to Learn scheme. More details about this are available at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.  

If you are a student under the age of 19 who live in Wales and travels to study at Cheshire College, you may be able to receive an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). You can find out more about this at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/ema.  

19+ students & adults

We’ve outlined some of the different types of financial support available that you may be eligible for as a 19+ Student or Adult student. We have a dedicated team focused on making this process as simple and smooth for you as possible. You can always speak to them at bursary@ccsw.ac.uk, and you can take a look at some of the support available below. 

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Advanced Learner Loan 

If you are doing a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification, you may need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees. If this is the case, then you will need a funding and information letter from the College before you can complete your application. If you need any further advice or support with this, then please speak to a member of our team at bursary@ccsw.ac.uk and we will be happy to help. 

Loan Bursary Fund 
Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Students may apply to get support from the Loan Bursary Fund after they have received a letter approving their Advanced Learner Loan. The support can help pay for things like: 

  • Travel costs 
  • Food costs 
  • Course materials and equipment 
  • Childcare 
  • Examination fees 
  • Classroom assistance for a disability or learning difficulty 

AEB Support Fund  
Full and part-time funded students aged 19+ may be eligible to apply for support from the AEB fund. This support can help pay for things like: 

  • Travel costs 
  • Food costs 
  • Course materials and equipment 
  • Childcare 
  • Examination fees 

Please be aware that the two types of support above are means tested and available for household incomes below £30,000. 

Download guidance notes 

Download application form 

Apprentices working more than 33 hours a week are entitled to the same benefits as everyone else in the workplace. These include: 

  • Tax Credits or Universal Credit 
  • Sick pay entitlement 
  • At least 20 days’ paid holiday a year 
  • Statutory Maternity/Paternity Pay and Maternity/Paternity leave

There are two types of student loans available to you. 

Tuition Fee Loan 
To help cover the cost of your course fees 

Maintenance Loan  
To help towards accommodation and other living costs 

More details about this type of student finance can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance.  

If you are a parent under 20 years old, you are eligible for childcare support of up to £160 per child, per week, under the Care to Learn scheme. More details about this are available at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.  

If you are a student under the age of 19 who live in Wales and travels to study at Cheshire College, you may be able to receive an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). You can find out more about this at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/ema.  

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